Omnibus Funds 'Permanent Extended Coffee Break' for Dozens of DOJ Employees

Hans von Spakovsky has the inside scoop of the new omnibus spending bill. Most notably, the new bill funds the government jobs of dozens Department of Justice employees who no longer have any work to do after the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Von Spakovsky writes:

Of course, the other thing needed with the Civil Rights Division is a cutback in its budget, which has grown considerably, and gives Eric Holder the resources to file numerous suits challenging common sense voter ID, immigration, and other state laws he does not like. There are also at least two dozen lawyers and support staff in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division who have seemingly had nothing to do since the U.S. Supreme Court declared the coverage formula for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional in June 2013. These DOJ personnel who worked on Section 5 matters are now on a permanent, extended coffee break – yet not a single one of them has been laid off. This is an enormous waste of taxpayer funds that should have been eliminated by Congress.

Permanent extended coffee break?  Indeed.

Inside the Justice Department Civil Rights Division Voting Section, almost three dozen federal jobs were rendered irrelevant after the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby v. Holder.  Sources report that after the decision, the employees have done next to nothing, or taken "extended coffee breaks" as von Spakovsky reports.  Here are the federal employees von Spakovsky is referring to, and salaries from public records searches provided to PJ Media.

Berman, Robert; Deputy Chief, Section 5, $155,500

Bashir-Boulghassoul, Lema; Trial Attorney, Section 5, $136,134

Falwell, Marie; Equal Opportunity Assistant, Section 5, $56,791

Greene, Judybeth; Trial Attorney, Section 5, $155,500

Grigsby, Kevin; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $64,548

Gyamfi, Stephanie, Lead Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $97,936

Hamilton-Hill, Sandra, Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $81,204

Harrison, Martin; Legal Technician (File Librarian), Section 5, $54,534

Hyatt, Joi; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $70,794

Johnson, Phyllis; Case Management Specialist, Section 5, $65,343

Jones, Nadine; Legal Technician (Classifier), Section 5, $68,230

Kim, Elizabeth, Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $64,548

King, Ryan, Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $62,467

Le, Tran-Chau, Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $70,794

Lowell, Robert; Attorney Reviewer, Section 5, $155,500

Murray, Joseph, Lead Civil Rights Attorney (Trainer), Section 5, $97,936

Payne, Autumn; Lead Civil Rights Attorney, Section 5, $94,969

Powers, John; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $79,864

Reed, Judith; Trial Attorney, Section 5, $155,500

Rich, James Eric; Trial Attorney, Section 5, $152,635

Riggins, Jesmond; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $62,467

Riordan, Maureen; Trial Attorney, Section 5, $155,500

Robinson, Pamela; Secretary, Section 5, $52,061

Schaffer, Tracy; Lead Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $94,969

Soo-Tim, Tiffani; Secretary, Section 5, $ 43,616

Stafford, Suzanne; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, (mostly works on FOIA), $92,341

Stephens, Jennifer; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $62,467

Thorpe, Nicole; Supervisory Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $119,238

Travett, Rosita; Legal Technician, Section 5, $60,765

Wake, Brittany; Civil Rights Analyst, Section 5, $62,467

Update: an amendment to the Omnibus spending bill has been introduced to eliminate these positions. A floor speech on the House Floor is expected around 7:30 p.m.